Interview: Photographer Anna Boynton
Anna Boynton’s work always gets us excited and we finally got to get some insight behind her gorgeous and enticing visions — get ready to want to go try something new!
What sparked your journey into photography? How did you decide to invest in it?
I’ve always had an interest in photography, but so really started out my first year in college. I was attending school in rural Utah, and made it a goal to visit as many of the surrounding canyons as I could. I would take my Nikon Coolpix and try landscapes, but eventually found more interest in photographing the unique details of the pioneer and Victorian era houses that scattered the valley. When I moved back to Salt Lake City, I borrowed a DSLR, learned how to use it, and spent the whole summer taking my friends out on shoots. It’s been pretty much a full time for me ever since. When I went back down to school, would drive four hours every weekend just to shoot.
How would you distinguish your vision and style?
I love moody portraits. I try to make every portrait I take interesting and unique, whether it’s of someone in a tiny plant shop downtown, or self portraits in my dorm room. I really love to play with framing and focus. A comment I hear a lot on my work is that usually the scene I end up photographing looks nothing like the scene I was looking it. I think my strong suit is definitely taking a location most people wouldn’t consider or notice and giving it this slightly otherworldly feel.
How did you become involved with Stay Wear™ and what is it about?
Stay Wear is a local brand based here in Utah. I applied to be a brand rep for them a few months back, and now help them promote their brand and their message, which deals a lot with kindness and being genuine. They have an awesome message, and it’s fun to break into the world of brand and lifestyle photography a little bit.
Where and how have you pushed yourself in your craft?
The biggest way I’m pushing myself right now is through my self portrait and conceptual endeavors. I have a whole other account for my art, @annaboynton.contemporary. Self portraits were especially difficult for me when I started out because I was never very comfortable with myself, and especially not as a model. However, I found that I could be more precise with my vision when I was the model AND the photographer, and has proved to be pretty eye opening. It was testing my limits on both ends, and allowing me to test out ideas on my own time and in my own space.
What is it that YOU feel and see what you look at your photos?
Honestly, mostly disbelief. I still have a hard time believing that I created a lot of my work. This is all so new to me, and the success and creativity I’ve seen is pretty insane. I really get a slightly fantastical vibe from my pictures, whether it be from the ultra-soft focused back drops, to ethereal back lighting and creative framing.
What’re you looking forward to doing and achieving this year?
My biggest goal is to travel somewhere on my bucket list, specifically for the purpose of shooting. Just a trip dedicated to what I love with people who are just as passionate. I want to extend my influence beyond my network in Utah, and create outside of my comfort zone. I also plan on growing the business side of my photography, as well as submitting my conceptual series to various galleries and magazines in hopes of getting featured.
How do you perceive life every day?
I have been really focusing on seeing my surroundings in a new and creative way. Growing up in the Salt Lake area, I took the huge mountain ranges surrounding my home for granted. Now, I don’t think I day goes by where I’m not absolutely blown away by the snow capped peaks or a sunset over the Great Salt Lake.
In what ways has being a photographer impacted you and your life?
Being a photographer has given me so many amazing opportunities that I could have never dreamed of, as well as brought people into my life that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. I’m so grateful to have found something I’m so passionate about, and something that I see as something that will continue to enhance my life for a long time. This is really just the beginning, and I still have a lot of progress and growing to do. I’m excited to see where it goes.
How do you keep yourself and stay inspired?
I stay inspired by interacting with my fellow artists. I have a lot of friends who deal with all mediums of art, and I draw a lot of influence from that. Art is so important. Everyone should be using art to create art.
What are your goals with your work?
My biggest goal for my work is to make an impact, and to stand out. I want to stray away from the norms, and create images that stay with people after they’ve scrolled past them.
Is there anything we didn’t address that you’d like to share?
In the end, nothing I do is for the business or for the following it’s for myself, first and foremost, and it’s here to inspire and impact the people around me.